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Australian Racing: Hard Reyva to provide tough opposition

There are four meetings set to take place on Thursday with Hawkesbury taking centre stage with an eight-race card featuring the Listed Rowley Mile over 1600m.

Race 7 Hawkesbury

Tazaral @ 5.00

Race 6 Pinjarra

Miss Ava @ 2.90

Race 4 Rockhampton

Hard Reyva @ 2.60

Tazaral for Mile glory

The previously mentioned Listed Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury looks a highly-competitive affair with last year's Group 1 Victoria Derby winner Manzoice among those engaged.

Trained by Chris Waller, Manzoice is dropping markedly in grade and trip following a last of 18 in the Group 1 Australian Derby over 2400m at Randwick at the start of April.

The four-year-old is expected to find the trip on the sharp side here with the progressive Bold Mac, one of a number of stablemates in the field expected to prove popular with punters.

The gelding won a Benchmark 88 event over 1800m at Randwick on his penultimate start, prior to delivering a victory in the Premier’s Cup Prelude over the same distance at Rosehill.

Kerrin McEvoy’s mount has been competitive at this level in the past, however, TAZARAL is preferred for the Peter & Paul Snowden team.

The pick has a wide alley to overcome but it’s notable that he has shown improved form since being ridden with more restraint this spell.

Those tactics have seen the six-year-old register back-to-back victories, including by nearly one-and-a-half-lengths in a Benchmark 78 event over 1600m at Randwick.

The selection duly followed up by just under half-a-length when competing in a Benchmark 88 contest and he looks capable of delivering a victory under Chad Schofield. 

Ava for Pinjarra success

The penultimate race on the Pinjarra card is a 1400m Class 1 handicap set to take place on a soft 7 surface.

MISS AVA takes the eye here having finished a close up fourth in a 1200m maiden at this venue last month.

The four-year-old followed that up with a third in a 1400m race at this level at Belmont Park two weeks later, before breaking her maiden in impressive fashion at the same venue.

That maiden triumph came by three lengths in a 1200m contest held on a soft 5 track, however, the extra distance the filly tackles here should pose no issue.

Trainer David Harrison has been having a good time of it of late, with seven winners from his 33 runners in the past 30 days and his representative looks capable of taking this event. 

Reyva to triumph at Rockhampton 

The fourth race at Rockhampton is an interesting 1300m open handicap contest due to take place on a good 4 track.

The Adrian Coome-trained Moenave performed well when winning a Class 3 contest over this trip at Mackay by a length on his penultimate start.

The five-year-old followed that up with a close second over this course and distance in a Benchmark 70 event. 

HARD REYVA is expected to get the better of the son of Pierro on this occasion however.

The pick is one of two in the race for trainer Stuart Kendrick and boasts a strong record at this venue having won both previous starts here.

The most recent of those came when getting the better of Moenave in the previously mentioned Benchmark 70 event.

Prior to that, the selection had shown good form in a metro contest when beaten by just over two lengths over 1110m in a Benchmark 68 handicap at Doomben. 

Hard Reyva is expected to be ridden from off the pace and, with a decent draw in six, Ryan Wiggins looks up to steering him to a sixth career win.  

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